Classical Language and Texts: Greek III (CLA1204)

StaffDr Nicolo' D'Alconzo - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesGreek A-Level, CLA1202 Classical Language & Texts: Greek II or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to study set texts, Greek language work and the practice of literary criticism together in a single integrated module.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a grasp of Greek language both through translation from and into Greek and through the close study of a number of prose and verse texts

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. Identify, describe and manipulate a range of linguistic forms and structures
  • 3. Interpret and analyse works from an advanced literary culture of an earlier era

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 4. Work out the meaning of complex, demanding texts and sets of data, and compare and combine different strands of information
  • 5. Demonstrate an ability, in your preparation, for independent study, as well as the ability to work in groups in literary discussion and in working on translation and grammar
  • 6. Demonstrate enhanced linguistic and communication skills, developed through engagement with the fundamentals of language structure, in both English and Greek

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

Term 1:

  • One class per week is devoted to language/syntax work
  • Two classes per week are devoted to the study of a main set text ('alpha text') and a number of supplementary or supporting texts ('beta texts')

Term 2:

  • One class per week is devoted to language/syntax work
  • Two classes per week are devoted to the study of a main set text ('alpha text') and a number of supplementary or supporting texts ('beta texts')

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching663 x 1 hour seminars per week
Guided independent study234Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language exercisesWeekly1-2, 4-6Group feedback in class. Written comments and corrections

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Exam503 hours1-6Written feedback
Two essays302000 words each (15% each)1, 3-6Written feedback on essay and relevant form. Oral feedback in individual meetings with course tutor.
Two unseen tests201 hour each1-2, 4-6Written feedback on tests. Group feedback in class.

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1-6Referral/Deferral period
EssaysEssays1, 3-6Referral/Deferral period
Unseen testsTests1-2, 4-6Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

One prose and one verse text, to be confirmed by the module tutor. Students will be given a list of beta texts to be read in conjunction with these works by the lecturer.

By way of example, in past years the following texts have been studied:

  • Term 1: Herodotus, Histories, 1. (ed. Sleeman; BCP).
  • Term 2: Sophocles, Philoctetes. (ed. Schein; CUP).

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Classics, Greek, Language